It's launch day for iOS 5, the latest operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple claims the update includes more than 200 new features, but you'll probably only notice 10 or so. Here are some of my favorite new features in iOS 5 and how to get the most out of them. Customizing Notification Center Better notifications has been one of the longest running demands of iOS users, with maybe the exception of wireless syncing. Apple has done an amazing job of making notifications more useful. To view all of your latest notifications, swipe downward from the…

Last week Apple released Lion, the latest version of their desktop operating system. Ever since the first announcement of Lion, they've made it clear they were getting "back to the Mac" by bringing it some of the best features from iOS on the iPhone and iPad. I won't go into the details of every new feature, there are plenty of reviews that do that, but I felt like sharing a little about gestures. At first I was extremely skeptical of Apple's attempt to incorporate more gestures into the OS, not because I thought they were a bad idea, but because…

I've been building websites for a long time, and I'm still learning. I was still in elementary school when I started learning HTML, and things have come a long way since then. Only a few years ago I started learning how to use a CMS to make regular updates easier, and I've recently started learning how to build web-based applications from scratch. Seeing some lines of text you've written turn into a functioning website is extremely satisfying, and thanks to ThinkUp I've started having the joy of contributing to an open source web-app and learning from their community. So what…